Working until 67 or what?

There is a debate going on in most European countries about the need to postpone retirement to account for demographic transition taking place in the rich societies of the Old World. The main argument is that conventional pension systems, within which the current workforce finances the pensions currently paid to the retirees, cannot be sustained any longer. The disproportion between the working parts of the population and the pensioners has become too large. To overcome this problem, it is proposed to change the law and increase retirement age. However, many oppose such proposals, particularly the political Left, maintaining that we already do work too long. In fact, it may well be that both sides are right (or wrong) at the same time. Continue reading

It’s deliberative democracy, stupid!

There is a common foundation of most, maybe even all problems I deal with in this blog. The foundation is a somewhat metaphysical one and regards the ethical categories “right” and “wrong”. Indeed, what we do about climate change, whether we engage in genetic engineering, whether and how we should achieve sustainability – all these questions boil down to “What is right?” and the way this basic question can and should be answered. Continue reading